J.S. Sanders Books
Trim: 5½ x 8¼
978-1-879941-39-7 • Paperback • November 1998 • $18.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-4616-3282-5 • eBook • November 1998 • $17.99 • (£13.99)
Maurice O'Sullivan was born in 1904 and joined the Civic Guard of the nascent Irish Republic as a young man, but found that law enforcement was not to his liking. While posted in Connemara he wrote a novel, Twenty Years A-Growing, for the entertainment was friends. He drowned tragically in 1950, leaving behind a widow and two children.
O'Sullivan here tells the story of his growing up in Great Blasket, a sparse island off Ireland's Atlantic coast with a Gaelic-speaking population. Along with an introduction by E.M. Forster from the original 1933 printing, this edition contains new photos and illustrations by the author.
— Library Journal
It is a summer island of romantic beauty that he shows us, dwelling always on the colour of the scenery and the bright, wild life...
— Times Literary Supplement
This natural and beautiful book brings a breath of sea air and a strange music....It is as alive and sparkling as the sea on a summer morning.
— The Observer
A book to buy, to beg, or to borrow. To miss it is to miss something which will leave your adventuring among books incomplete.
— Irish Independent
You cannot possibly fail to enjoy this book, the only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation...
— The Listener